Start Uni Now (SUN)

SUN is a CQUniversity initiative that gives you the opportunity to study CQUniversity units while in senior high school. SUN allows you to enrol in a range of CQUniversity units (subjects) online, which you can combine with your regular high school work.

Download the International Sun Guide

Enquire about SUN

Term 1, 2021

Monday, 8 March – Friday, 4 June
SUN application due date
Friday, 13 February 
SUN fee due date*
Tuesday, 30 March

Term 2, 2021

Monday, 12 July – Friday, 8 October
SUN application due date
Friday 18 June
SUN fee due date*
Tuesday, 3 August

Term 3, 2021

Monday, 8 November 2020 – Friday, 11 February 2022
SUN application due date
Friday, 15 October
SUN fee due date*
Tuesday 30 November

*Also known as Census Date. This is the last date to withdraw without financial penalty and also the last day to pay your SUN tuition fee.

If you are a prospective international student wishing to apply for entry into SUN, please follow the below steps:

  1. Organise a meeting with your school contact (i.e. Careers Officer, Year Level Co-ordinator, Guidance Officer) and your parent/guardian to discuss your interest in SUN.
  2. Read through the International Student SUN Guidelines and our website to ensure you have all the information and are clear on the requirements.
  3. Choose a unit from the list of available unit offerings in the guide.
  4. Submit your application through iStart, our online application system for international students. Please ensure you attach your most recent report card and signed Parent and School Authorisation forms with your application.

Please note applications must be submitted at least two weeks prior to each term commencing. Please refer to the dates above.

If you do not meet the entry requirements we will contact you to discuss your options.


If you are a high performing student who wants to take on the challenge of tertiary level study, then SUN could be for you! Some of the benefits of starting university early with SUN include:

  • Sneak peek: With SUN you will get an insight into university life and will be better prepared for the transition from high school to university.
  • Direct Entry: After successful completion of SUN, you may be eligible to apply for direct entry into an undergraduate degree at CQUniversity (excluding quota managed courses). To be eligible for direct entry, you must:
    • pass at least one SUN unit from the undergraduate degree you are applying for
    • meet all of the prerequisites of the undergraduate degree you are applying for.
  • Affordable: International high school students have the opportunity to undertake their first SUN unit at zero cost (excluding textbooks and resource expenses). Subsequent SUN units are offered at a reduced fee which is less than a third of the cost that a regular university student would pay. As a SUN student, you could potentially save thousands of dollars.
  • Credit Transfers*: If you enrol as a CQUniversity student after successful completion of senior high school, International Baccalaureate diploma or A Levels, you may be eligible to receive a credit transfer for each SUN unit you have passed. Provided these SUN units are part of your degree at the time of your undergraduate admission, a credit transfer would count towards your degree. This will reduce the number of units you need to study when you start university and may reduce the duration of your university course.

    *Credit transfers toward courses at other universities should be discussed with the relevant university.
  • Meet tertiary entry requirements^: SUN offers a range of units which may assist you in satisfying tertiary entry pre-requisites for science and maths related subjects.

    ^Students intending to utilise SUN units in order to meet tertiary pre-requisites should discuss this with the SUN Team and/or the relevant university prior to enrolment.

New students have the opportunity to undertake their first SUN unit at zero cost.

Subsequent units (up to an additional three units) are offered at a significantly discounted rate of A$500 per unit.

In addition to the unit cost, there may be other expenses such as textbooks and resources. Fees must be paid upfront.

SUN students study CQUniversity units. These units are from a variety of subject areas and are offered in specific terms, at specific campuses. When selecting the unit you wish to apply for it is important you check the unit is available in the term you hope to study and also on your desired campus if you’re in Australia (or by online study).

A wide range of CQUniversity units are available in the areas of:

  • Allied Health
  • Business and Accounting
  • Creative and Performing Arts
  • Digital Media, Communication and Arts
  • Education and Teaching
  • Engineering, Built Environment and Aviation
  • Information Systems and Technology
  • Nursing, Paramedicine and Health
  • Psychology
  • Safety Science
  • Science, Environment and Agriculture

You can view a comprehensive list of units in the International Student SUN Guide.

You can study SUN regardless of where you live. SUN units can be studied either on-campus (if you live in Australia) or online by online study. You can choose a way of studying that suits you best.

If you are already in Australia and are interested in studying your SUN unit on-campus, you may have the opportunity to do so at one of CQUniversity's many campus locations.

You will require regular access to the internet and it is strongly recommended that you have internet access available at home.

To be eligible to apply for SUN you must be:

  • enrolled in Australian Curriculum Year 11 or 12 (or equivalent), UK A Level Curriculum, the International Baccalaureate, Polytechnic*, or other equivalent Senior High School* Curriculum
  • achieving equivalent to an average B grade (or better) across all Australian school subjects as per your most recent report card**
  • achieving an English level of IELTS 5.5 overall with no bands less than 5.5, or equivalent English. We will also accept IGCSE/GSCE Grade C in English Language and International Baccalaureate MYP Certificate Grade 4 in English.

Some courses have non-standard English language requirements. For more information, please visit our English Requirements page.

You will also require permission from your principal or school nominee and a parent or guardian.

*Delivered in English.

**GSCE minimum C grade in all subjects, International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program Grade 4 in all subjects. Other qualifications are assessed on a case by case basis.

For more information please refer to the 2020 SUN Guidelines.

It is recommended that you dedicate between 10–12 hours of study to each of your enrolled units per week (over a 12–14 week period). Studying SUN units requires good time management skills, the ability to work independently and a proactive attitude. University study is very flexible and this allows you to work your study time around other commitments such as a part-time job or sport.

You will still have access to the same resources and support services as on-campus CQUniversity students.

Schools Engagement Team
A dedicated team who will assist you throughout your SUN study journey and help you to navigate the online learning environment.

Academic Learning Centre (ALC)
You will have full access to our ALC – a ‘one-stop-shop’ for information, advice and resources related to academic writing, mathematics, science and computing requirements of study at CQUniversity.